Christmas is fast approaching and for many of us, the festive break involves indulging in plenty of sweet treats. This Christmas, dental experts are urging parents to follow some simple steps to reduce the risk of dental dramas and protect their children’s teeth.
Associate Professor Gill Jones, from Plymouth University, said that dentists don’t want to be apear scrooge-like at Christmas, but there are some tips that can help ensure children enjoy Christmas treats without causing major damage to their teeth.
Professor Jones and the team at Plymouth’s Peninsula School of Dentistry have released a set of guidelines to reduce damage caused by over-indulging this Christmas.
Dentists are urging parents to cut down on fizzy drinks, especially between meals and before bed, limit grazing between meals and recommend healthy low-sugar snacks when children are hungry, such as cheese cubes, carrot sticks, wholegrain crackers and fruit. Eating between meals can cause serious damage to the tooth enamel, as bacteria release acids when you eat and if you’re always snacking, this means that your enamel is always under acid attack. Be wary of foods that seem healthy, such as dried fruit and fruit juice, as these can be very sugary.
Parents are also encouraged to stick to normal brushing routines, as at Christmas time your daily routine can change. Always ensure children brush day and night and try to set a timer to make sure they hit the recommended 2 minute target. Dentists are also encouraging the use of fluoride toothpaste.